Energy boosting supplements

Before we get into the different types of supplements you can use to help boost energy let’s first talk about real food.

When I say “real food” I am referring to food that has not been highly processed, the only type of process your food should ever be going through is a cooking process.

The types of food you see packaged on the shelves with extremely long use by dates are going to be nutrient deficient, even though they will tell you on the packaging about all the nutrients contained within but you will not get many of those without the natural enzymes that are removed to give this food a long shelf life.

Enzymes are what makes food rot and these enzymes also aid digestion ensuring you get the most nutrients from your food.

For convenience in your busy life, you may feel you need to consume some packaged foods but try to keep this to a minimum. Another good option is fermented foods like Kimchi these will also give your gut health a boost.

Keeping all the above in mind let’s talk about our first supplement vitamin B12

Vitamin B12

Vitamin B12 assists in converting the food you eat into energy that your cells can use.

It also keeps your body’s nerves and blood cells healthy.

You can find vitamin B12 in many animal proteins, such as meat, fish and dairy. Many foods are also fortified with B12  (remember: many of them may be lacking in the enzymes mentioned earlier) allowing most of us to meet our vitamin B12 needs by eating a balanced diet containing foods rich in B12.

Some people may be at risk of a B12 deficiency, which occurs when your diet is low in B12 or if your body is unable to absorb the amount you need.

As a result, some people will find B12 supplements can give them a much needed boost of energy.

People who may be at risk of deficiency include:

  • Older adults: Approximately 10–30% of adults over the age of 50 have difficulty absorbing vitamin B12 from food. This is because they produce less stomach acid and proteins, which are required for proper absorption
  • Vegans: Vegetarians and vegans are at risk of B12 deficiency since animal foods are the only natural food source of this vitamin (25Trusted Source).
  • Those with GI disorders: Conditions that affect the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, such as celiac disease and Crohn’s disease, may interfere with the body’s ability to absorb B12 (26Trusted Source).

If however, you have adequate levels of B12 there is no evidence to suggest that supplementing with B12 or any of the B vitamins will boost your energy.

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Iron

Your body needs iron to make haemoglobin, this is a protein in red blood cells that transports oxygen from your lungs to the organs and tissues throughout your body.

Your red blood cells cannot effectively carry oxygen around the body’s tissue if you do not have adequate levels of iron.

Anemia is one of the results in a deficiency of iron which can leave you feeling sluggish, weak and fatigued.

Causes of iron deficiency (anemia) include

Iron-poor diet: The richest sources of iron in the diet include meat and seafood. For this reason, iron requirements for vegans are 1.8 times higher than for people who eat meat.

  • Blood loss: More than half of your body iron is in your blood. Therefore, blood loss through heavy periods or internal bleeding can dramatically deplete levels.
  • Pregnancy: Pregnant women require twice as much iron to support normal fetal growth. Unfortunately, about half of all pregnant women develop iron deficiency anemia.

In these cases, an iron supplement may be needed to correct a deficiency and avoid complications associated with iron deficiency anemia, including fatigue.

Other than taking iron supplements, consuming red meat and seafood another interesting way to increase your intake of iron is to cook in cast iron cookware

However, because there are health risks from excessive iron intake, consult with your doctor to see if iron supplements are right for you (30Trusted Source32Trusted Source).

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